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My Record- 11-1 in Week two and 22-2 overall. My best pick was Illinois beating Cincinnati 30-24 and they actually did 45-17. My worst was Indiana beating Navy. As wrapped up as I get in IU’s offense, their defense is three kinds of awful.
Michigan State-21 South Florida-6….CORRECT….After two games in the season your defense should not be doubling the scoring output of your offense. This Spartan team is in big trouble. Granted, the defense vs Western Michigan and South Florida have been dynamite. Let’s see what happens when the quality of opponent gets cranked up a bit…I think the defense is good, but the quality of opponent should be factored in before everyone says they will be there down the stretch….and that offense….Ugh.
Penn State-45 Eastern Michigan-7….CORRECT….The Eagles (Hurons) made it an interesting first half. Actually, it was PSU QB Christian Hackenberg who made it look closer than it was. His inaccuracy made the offense spit and sputter through the first half. Needless to say, he rebounded…to the tune of 23-33 for 311. On a personal note…I loved the uniforms for the Eagles (Hurons)…the gray matte finish on the helmets was pretty cool. That’s about all I can hang my hat on for the alma mater..
Wisconsin-48 Tennessee Tech-0….CORRECT….Wisconsin QB Joel Stave through 29 passes…that is what I choose to lead off this recap with….not the fact that for the second straight week the Badgers had three HB’s gain over 100 yards. Or that fact that Wisconsin has yet to surrender a point to either of its opponents. I lead with Stave threw 29 passes. I was stunned…now almost a third of those came on a two minute drive at the end of the first half…but still…that’s a lot of passes for a Wisconsin QB…I wonder if his arm is sore….he may be day-to-day for next weeks game vs Arizona State…check back later for an update.
Illinois-45 Cincinnati-17….CORRECT (thanks Jackson)….Did I tell you that Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase is going to have a big year?…I did….and he keeps making me look good. He was 26 of 37 for 312 and he threw 4 TD’s and no INT’s. The Illini seemed to be able to put a stop to the Bearcats running game, but what needs work is their pass defense. Tim Beckman Sunday morning probably felt like a new man. Say what you want, but that was a big W for him and his program. If there is any way he can get a win in Chicago next week vs Washington, I think he might just get through the season….if he can beat a Big Ten opponent….and that my loyal readers, is a BIG if.
Iowa-28 Missouri State-14….CORRECT….The Hawkeyes snapped a seven game losing streak on Saturday. It was the second longest losing streak of Kirk Ferentz’s career at Iowa. He lost the last 8 games of his first season in 1999 and the first 5 games of 2000 for a gigantic 13 game losing skid. But now that’s over…Iowa got back to running the football..they gained almost 300 yards led by Mark Weisman who had 30 carries for 180 yards and two TD’s. Now things get a bit more amped up as the biggest thing to hit the state of Iowa since corn holders…it’s Iowa vs Iowa State week in the nation’s biggest cornfield. Does it get any better that this?
Purdue-20 Indiana State-14….CORRECT….Whew…it didn’t look good for the Boilers as time was winding down did it?…the Sycamores driving down the field…having outscored Purdue in the second half…but Ricardo Allen made a big play and saved the game for the Boiler faithful. Congratulations to head coach Darrell Hazell on your first win as Purdue coach. Considering Purdue’s blowout loss to Cincy in week one and eeking one out vs ISU…does anyone give them a shot to beat The Fighting Irish this Saturday night in South Bend?….I guess that’s why it’s a rivalry huh…any takers?…
Ohio State-42 San Diego State-7….CORRECT….Uhhh..do you ever get the feeling that Urban Meyer takes his foot off the throttle?….me too…but Saturday it seemed like he never even put the car in gear….it’s like he took it out of park and put it in neutral and let Kenny Guiton push it until they got rolling….and then it never really stopped. I am hearing that Braxton Miller’s leg injury isn’t serious and he could’ve gone if he had too on Saturday. That’s one of those things that if you’re the opposing coaches, you might just be insulted if you hear it. What do you mean ‘if he had to?’…he went down on the first series of the game?…yeah coach, your team isn’t that bad…it’s just ours is soooo much better.
Navy-41 Indiana-35….MISS….Wow is that Indiana defense awful…granted, the Midshipmen run that wacky wishbone/veer/run-heavy offense (they only attempted 5 passes on Saturday) but they gained 444 yards on the ground vs the Hoosiers. Five of Navy’s seven scoring drives were 64 yards or longer….hey IU..how about stopping the run once a half?..lets look at Indiana’s Big Ten schedule…do they play any running football teams?…week one-Penn State…uh-oh…..week two-Michigan State…uh…it just goes on like this…take care of business out of conference Kevin Wilson or improve your defense.
Nebraska-56 Southern Mississippi-13….CORRECT….Hey!…Nebraska only gave up 13 points last Saturday!…and like their Legends division cousin Michigan State, their defense scored twice!…how about that?..good for Bo Pelini and his team for getting back into one of the drivers seats for division title…oh wait…it says here that Southern Mississippi is the owner of the longest current losing streak in FBS at 14 games….hmm…well, that might change things a bit…yeah, it certainly does….nevermind…nothing to see here…more Corn propaganda…see you guys at the end of another 9-4 season.
Northwestern-48 Syracuse-27….CORRECT….OK folks..it’s time to take the Cats a bit more seriously. You kinda figured they would beat Cal on the road…but there was part of me that was thinking that all of the focus may have been on that game and you come home against a struggling Syracuse squad and the focus may not be 100% there…uh…no. Northwestern had a 35-7 halftime lead and both QB’s (Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter) had gone 11 for 12 in the first half as it was an all out assault on anything wearing orange. Northwestern now has essentially three weeks to get ready for their Big Ten opener at home vs OSU…stay healthy Northwestern…stay healthy.
Michigan-41 Notre Dame-30….CORRECT….I will tell you what…that Tommy Rees is a pretty decent college QB…he had great patience and he was pretty darn accurate. He was 29-51 for 314 and 2 TD’s….but the story was Devin Gardner..he was 21 of 33 for 294 and 4 TD’s..plus another 82 on the ground and another TD..it was a perfect performance…except one play…I was very impressed with the Notre Dame defensive line, but even more impressed with their offensive line…they kept the Michigan D off of their QB for the majority of the game. Did anyone else who was there on Saturday night depict some daddy issues from Mark Harmon’s halftime speech?…
Minnesota-44 New Mexico State-21….CORRECT….for the second straight week, the Gophers scored a TD on offense, defense and special teams. Minnesota QB Philip Nelson only threw 15 passes on Saturday…but he did carry the ball 15 times for over 120 yards…and that is exactly the performance that Jerry Kill is looking for out the QB position. The Gophers gained 342 yards on the ground and pretty much did what it wanted all night long on the road, in the western time zone….I told you guys last week…keep an eye on these guys…they are off the radar now, but keep watching them.
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Michigan has unretired Tom Harmon's No. 98 jersey and allowed quarterback Devin Gardner to wear it.
Gardner wore No. 98 - with a Michigan Football Legend patch - Saturday night for the 17th-ranked Wolverines against No. 14 Notre Dame.
Harmon became Michigan's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1940. He ran for 2,134 yards, connected on 100 passes for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns...
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will be switching numbers ahead of the big matchup tonight against Notre Dame. Gardner will be donning No. 98 to honor the newest Michigan Football “legend” Tom Harmon, whose son, Mark, of NCIS fame, was on hand to celebrate the occasion.
Devin Gardner will now wear No. 98 in honor of Tom Harmon, “Michigan Football Legend”: pic.twitter...
Current Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner wore No. 98 against Notre Dame to honor Tom Harmon. Check out how similar they look in this photo.
Looking to protect a then 14 lead in the fourth quarter, Michigan QB Devin Gardner made a huge blunder running into his own end zone. But not only did he run into his own end zone he ended up throwing the ball away to Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt who made a diving catch […]
Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a
victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, and the
dual-threat quarterback wearing No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon ran for
a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre
Dame on Saturday night in front of an NCAA-record crowd of
Led by quarterback Devin Gardner, Michigan carved up Notre Dame's touted defense in 41-30 track meet.
The first one happened with Michigan with ball and complete control of the game. Devin Gardner of Michigan made what might be one of the worst plays in the history of college football. Lucky for him that the Wolverines won this game and this play can now be laughed at....
The second was from Tommy Rees and Notre Dame. With the Wolverines up 11 points last in the fourth...
Tommy Rees took it on himself. He couldn't outplay Devin Gardner, and the Notre Dame defense couldn't stop the Michigan quarterback.
Gardner, wearing No. 98 to honor Michigan great Tom Harmon, threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.
Rees threw the first of...
VIDEO: Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon take to the podium to discuss the Wolverines win over Notre Dame Saturday night. Gardner also talks about wearing Tom Harmon's No. 98.
VIDEO: In part two of Sunday's GoBlueWolverine Radio Hour, Sam Webb is joined by former Michigan football players Stan Edwards, Marcus Ray and Doug James to discuss Devin Gardner's big mistake, the Michigan pass rush issues, standout tackling on the outside, and more in the Wolverines 41-30 win over Notre Dame.
Devin Gardner has opened eyes as Michigan's quartreback after beating Notre Dame. Photo: USA Today Sports
It was a bit of a wild week two in the college football season, with upsets and statements taking place from coast to coast. To summarize some of the more important lessons, our Josh Parcell is back to recap what we should have learned this weekend.
1. Michigan upgraded...
Sometimes people need a simplified version.
There weren’t a ton of major matchups in week 2 of the college football season, but we did learn a few important things: Miami is relevant, Devin Gardner isn’t bad, and Texas isn’t as good as everyone expected. Shocker.
Oh, and ESPN should hire Eminem full-time.
Here’s your overly simplified week 2 recap:
Arizona State won 55-0...
Just that quickly, we’re now two weeks into college football season, seeing some of the best passers in the country get their feature wins in Stephen Morris and Devin Gardner. Morris certainly wowed with his natural talents, but still has some decision making issues he’ll need to address. And Gardner’s game against Notre Dame was a good indicator for what the Michigan...
Michigan is off to a hot start at the Big House. The Wolverines have taken a 10-0 lead after Devin Gardner connected with wideout Jeremy Gallon for a 61-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Numerous Notre Dame defenders had chances to wrap him up, but Gallon put a nifty spin move on and took it to the house.
In a thrilling back-and-forth affair at the Big House in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Wolverines prevailed, 41-30, handing Notre Dame its first regular season loss in the past two seasons. Notre Dame, trailing by 11 late in the fourth quarter, had a chance to get back within one score before Tommy Rees threw a terribly unlucky interception on the team’s final drive.
Crisis averted, Devin Gardner.